Vibrational properties of disordered mono- and bilayers of physisorbed sulfur hexafluoride on Au(111)

A. W. Rosenbaum, M. A. Freedman, S. J. Sibener

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We have examined the low-energy single-phonon vibrations of disordered mono- and bilayers of sulfur hexafluoride physisorbed on Au(111) with inelastic helium atom scattering. At monolayer coverages, SF 6 exhibits a dispersionless Einstein mode at 3.6 ± 0.4 meV. We observed two distinct overtones of this vibration as both creation and annihilation events at 7.1 ± 0.7 meV and 10.9 ± 1.4 meV, respectively. The overtones are harmonic multiples of the fundamental Einstein oscillation. Bilayers of SF 6 exhibit a softer fundamental vibration with an excitation energy of 3.3 ± 0.3 meV. This softening, due to the weaker SF 6 binding, also results in reduced overtone energies of 6.6 ± 0.7 meV and 9.8 ± 0.6 meV. The disordered bilayer does not exhibit dispersion, indicating that the molecules are still behaving like Einstein oscillators and not beginning to act as bulk crystalline SF 6. The results have improved our understanding of the adsorbate - substrate and interadsorbate interactions which govern the properties of this model molecular physisorption system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5537-5541
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume110
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 27 2006

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Sulfur Hexafluoride
sulfur hexafluoride
Monolayers
harmonics
Helium
Physisorption
Excitation energy
Adsorbates
vibration
Scattering
Crystalline materials
Atoms
Molecules
helium atoms
Substrates
softening
energy
oscillators
oscillations
scattering

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In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 110, No. 16, 27.04.2006, p. 5537-5541.

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